Personal trainer recommendations for staying fit in NYC this year

Start sculpting that killer bod and reinvigorate your fitness routine by following the advice from these top personal trainers

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It's a known fact that it's never too early—or too late—to kickstart your fitness regimen. Maybe you're getting in shape to meet that special someone, or you're being booted into the gym by your, uh, better half—or perhaps you just want to feel more energized. Whatever the reason, check out these personal trainer tips and get your mojo working.

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    “Trooper” Prince Brathwaite, 28, Trooper Fitness


    Tip: “Be prepared to be challenged if you want to see results. This goes for workouts, and it goes for life as well: You’re going to have to push yourself outside your comfort zone if you want to succeed.”
     
    Myth: “Eating fat makes you fat. Saturated fats in excess do have negative effects, but they’re actually less likely to turn into body fat than starches and sugars are.”

    Training technique: “We do a variety of running and strength conditioning. All the workouts are high intensity, interval-style. You get your metabolism up and you're going to burn a lot of calories.”

    Testimonial: “I was teaching a boot-camp class, and this guy just wasn’t used to that type of intensity and was almost on the verge of tears. He felt broken, and so he left the class. That was hard for me to see. But the great thing was that he came back the next day and finished strong. Moments like that are priceless.” Various locations (trooperfitness.com). One-on-one training starts at $80 per session, group rates at $15 per person per session.

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    Stacy Papakostas, 38, NYC Adventure Boot Camp


    Tip: “Start off with something fun and go easy on yourself. Set a goal, but know it’s going to be slow going.”

    Myth: “There is no such thing as spot reducing. I get people telling me they just want to [flatten] their stomach. But you have to eat clean and exercise and lose the weight from your whole body.”

    Training technique: “We focus on strength training and cardiovascular [work], and then we always finish sessions with yoga.”

    Testimonial: “My class right now has a thread of text messages from their first tough week, going through the weight-loss challenge: ‘I’m starving!’ ‘I’m so hungry I’m gonna kill someone!’ But a lot of the women in my camp become friends, so there’s a sense of accountability and teamwork, where you don’t want to let down your classmate.” Various locations (917-822-3440, nycadventurebootcamp.com). One-on-one training starts at $150 per session; call for group rates.

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    Rich Barretta, 50, Rich Barretta Private Training


    Tip: “Set realistic goals. If you have a weight problem, don’t get the idea in your head that you’re going to lose 20 pounds the first week. And try to make going to the gym something that’s practical and enjoyable. Go to a place where you like the atmosphere.”

    Myth: “I’ve been around a long time. I’ve been through the running craze of the ’70s, the fat-free craze of the ’90s and now the protein-only craze. In fitness you see a lot of “oh this is the new thing this year” gimmicks, but you have to learn from the past.”

    Training technique: “Coming from a body-building background, I developed a style that I call target training. I’m very specific to the goal and the agenda of each client, to what each individual needs. I can target specific sets of muscles to achieve the look they want.”

    Testimonial: “A woman came to me who had a torn ACL for the past 20 years and had basically put her life on hold, where she couldn’t do anything active. So we did physical therapy to get her leg stronger, and eventually put her back in the game. That was the kind of thing where it wasn’t about vanity or losing 30 or 40 pounds, but helping someone change their life altogether.” 1 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-627-1496, richbarretta.com). Call for rates.

Photograph: Alex Strada

“Trooper” Prince Brathwaite, 28, Trooper Fitness


Tip: “Be prepared to be challenged if you want to see results. This goes for workouts, and it goes for life as well: You’re going to have to push yourself outside your comfort zone if you want to succeed.”
 
Myth: “Eating fat makes you fat. Saturated fats in excess do have negative effects, but they’re actually less likely to turn into body fat than starches and sugars are.”

Training technique: “We do a variety of running and strength conditioning. All the workouts are high intensity, interval-style. You get your metabolism up and you're going to burn a lot of calories.”

Testimonial: “I was teaching a boot-camp class, and this guy just wasn’t used to that type of intensity and was almost on the verge of tears. He felt broken, and so he left the class. That was hard for me to see. But the great thing was that he came back the next day and finished strong. Moments like that are priceless.” Various locations (trooperfitness.com). One-on-one training starts at $80 per session, group rates at $15 per person per session.

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